Week ahead: Foxx to offer testimony for first time in office

Foxx will also hit the road this week for his first official trips as Transportation Secretary, visiting New Haven, Conn. and Minneapolis, Minn. on Monday.

In the former, he will discuss railway safety, and in the latter, the rebuilding of an interstate bridge that collapsed in 2007.

The Connecticut trip follows through on a promise Foxx made during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked Foxx to visit New Haven to see the state of railways in the northeast U.S. after a crash on the Metro North network that connects New York City to its suburbs in Connecticut.

“Our rail lines are deteriorated, outdated and decrepit in many areas, especially our northeast corridor," Blumenthal said during the May meeting.

Foxx quickly agreed to request.

“The tragic collision in Bridgeport is one that all of us in the country feel," the soon-to-be transportation secretary said during his confirmation hearing.
 
Elsewhere, lawmakers in the House will hold a hearing on Tuesday to discuss possible solutions to a shortfall in the traditional funding source for transportation projects, the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax.

The committee will also hold a field hearing on Friday in New York about "how freight transportation challenges in urban areas impact the nation."